Two of the strongest teams of IPL CSK and MI are going to battle it out today in Chennai. CSK is currently the only team that had qualified to the playoffs with 16 points. MI though is strong and well balanced is at the third place with 12 points. Mumbai Indians have a chance of getting into the playoffs if they win in just two matches out of the 4 left to play. So, today’s match is as important to the MI team as it is to the CSK team.
Mumbai Indians have been stumbling with form in the past matches it had played. The team had won in 6 matches among the 10 they had played. They lost their first match in IPL 12 against Delhi Capitals, managed to secure a victory against RCB in the next and lost again to KXIP in the third match. It had won the next three matches played against CSK, SRH, and KXIP. The team had won against RCB two times, defeated DC and KXIP the second time, but lost both the times against RR.
Mumbai Indians team is yet to play once against CSK and SRH, and twice against KKR. Given their track record, it is hard to predict the team’s victory or defeat against CSK tonight but the fact that the team must win in at least two matches to qualify for the playoffs might act as a strong motivator.
On the other hand, CSK might be the most consistent team of IPL 12. CSK had only 3 defeats in IPL 2019 and one of them is against MI. This factor is a driving force for the team to fight hard in tonight’s match. Considering the fact that the team’s performance was slightly inconsistent with the absence of Dhoni, it can be said that if he is rested for this match it might be hard for CSK to perform at its best. On the other hand, Shane Watson’s return to a better form might be a factor that can help CSK win it.
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